Published: Fri, January 26, 2018
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Static Fire Test was successful

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Static Fire Test was successful

Elon Musk's rocket company performed its long-awaited static fire test around 12:30pm today at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A.

Elon Musk reported that all went well with hold down test of the 27 engines of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket - the self-proclaimed "most powerful rocked in the world" - is preparing to conduct a static fire test on Wednesday afternoon.

Space enthusiasts have been closely following the Falcon Heavy's rigorous testing in Cape Canaveral in anticipation of a launch.

As for the roadster payload, many initial launch tests boost dead weight in the form of concrete ballast, but ever the iconoclast, Musk decided a auto would be fun. Musk, who owns both companies, has warned the rocket could explode.

However, the Falcon Heavy Rocket's story doesn't end there as the most important aspect of the mission is what it leaves behind: the booster rockets.

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SpaceX will now review the data to determine whether it needs to hold another test before the official Falcon Heavy launch. After it reaches its destination, the vehicle would travel around the sun in endless ellipses that extended as far out as Mars' orbit. This is an incredibly complex rocket, and the largest since the Saturn Vs that took us to the moon. I want to make sure to set expectations accordingly'. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", he tweeted recently.

'At 2,500 tons of thrust, equal to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle, it will be the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two.

The side boosters will jettison from the Falcon Heavy's core around two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, then return to land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where SpaceX has upgraded its rocket landing zone for two simultaneous touchdowns.

He tweeted: "Falcon Heavy launching from same @NASA pad as the Saturn V Apollo 11 moon rocket".

Falcon Heavy is expected to weigh at least 3.1 million pounds and produce approximately 4.7 million pounds of thrust during takeoff. That's enough to get 140,000 pounds into Earth's orbit, a little under three times the payload of a Falcon 9. More generally, Falcon Heavy's payload capabilities and sheer thrust make the vehicle second in power only to Saturn V in the United States, and worldwide fourth, behind Saturn V and the Soviet Union's N-1 and Energia launch vehicles. That seemed extremely boring, ' Musk said in December. Now he admits that putting together the Falcon Heavy proved more daunting than he initially thought.

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